SFMOMA Releases Official Shortlist for Donald Fisher Expansion


Back in mid-March, a few names from the SFMOMA/Donald Fisher expansion were leaked and, as you’d expect, it was pretty starchitect heavy, including your Renzo Pianos and your Rem Koolhaas‘ galore. But now that the official shortlist has been released, it looks like either that original leak was a little off, or they’ve already done some early celebrity architect shaving. The final four in the running are Foster + Partners, David Adjaye‘s firm, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and the Norwegian group, Snohetta. The San Francisco Chronicle‘s resident critic, John King, has this great recap on all four and what they might bring to the Fisher modern art addition. Here’s a bit:

The four finalists did not submit specific design proposals showing how they would add approximately 150,000 square feet of space to the SFMOMA building that faces Yerba Buena Gardens on Third Street. The expansion would stretch south to Howard Street, spanning a portion of a public alley and two midblock sites now occupied by a city fire station and a commercial building owned by the museum.

“We emphasized that we were not interviewing for a design, we were interviewing for a designer,” said Neal Benezra, the museum’s director. “We wanted to see how these teams think, the intellectual spirit and the creativity.”